Regulations Across The Services

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  1. FreeYourToes

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    Here is a list of the military branches and their regulations on minimalist shoes



    NAVY- NAVADMIN 238/11 - Yes to Vibram Five Fingers, Yes to minimalist shoes

    ARMY- ALARACT 239-11 - No to Vibram Five Fingers, Yes to minimalist shoes

    AIR FORCE-

    MARINE CORPS-



    If anyone has a link to the Marine Corps and Air Force regulations can you share it so I can add it here
     
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  2. reddragon317

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    it's my understanding that

    it's my understanding that the AF and MC allow VFF & minimialist shoes.



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    reddragon317 wrote:it's my



    Source?
     
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    There is nothing in writing

    There is nothing in writing saying yes or no for the Air Force in regards to vibrams or minimalist shoes. The instruction just says that you have to wear conservative athletic shoes with white socks. It is from AFI 36-2903 -


    7.1.6. Footwear.7.1.6.1. Socks. Socks are mandatory. Socks will be white and may have small trademark logos.7.1.6.2. Athletic style shoes. Athletic style shoes are mandatory. Shoes will be conservative (plain, no bright/loud colors or excessive ornamentation).
     
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    The Coast Guard does not have

    The Coast Guard does not have any regulations against wearing minimals or the five finger vibram.
     
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    That wording in the AF

    That wording in the AF instruction influenced me to get plain black when I bought my first VFFs 2 summers ago. I figured if I got any grief at least I could argue that they were conservative in color. I've run with them on several active duty and Guard bases without problems. I've only tested in them at my ANG base and the only comment the LtCol running the program had as I went by was, "He's silent! He doesn't make a sound!" Probably my panting was drowning out my footfalls.
     
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    Although I am no longer active duty and separated before VFFs, I believe there was someone that ran one or two PFTs barefoot. I was going to do it once, but had checked the course the previous day and it was pretty harsh. If I remember correctly, the PT uniform (green shirt, green shorts, running shoes, and socks) are the required uniform for PT and PFTs, but as with all things, that is up to the discretion of the command. My command in Yuma really didn't care how someone ran (most guys ran without a shirt) as long as they were doing their PT and PFTs when they were supposed to. We quite often deviated to do boots n' utes runs, so I doubt that most commands would have a problem with VFFs, minimalist, or BF. But I'm not the Commandant, so don't quote me on that. hahaha.
     
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